A joint Bentley University and Northeastern University team won the first annual commodity track in the Student Cluster Competition at SC 13 in Denver, Colorado last week. The winning Bentley/Northeastern student-designed cluster computer was assembled for less than $2,500 and consumed less than 15 Amps of current (less than your home washing machine). Read about their feat on the CIS Sandbox blog!
The team interviewed with reporter Dan Olds (@Student_C_C) before the competition. The students from left to right in this video are Conner Charlebois (Bentley University, Computer Information Systems ‘14), Dmitry Veber (Bentley, Actuarial Science ‘14), Tushar Swamy (Northeastern University, Electrical Engineering & Physics ’15), Neeh Shah (Northeastern, Computer Engineering ’15),and Nick Hentschel (Bentley, Computer Information Systems ’14). Indeed, skills in Computer Information Systems, Mathematics, Computer/Electrical Engineering & Physics were all brought to bear on five high-performance computing applications (think big science and big data applications): HPC Challenge Benchmark (HPCC), Weather Research & Forecasting Model (WRF), Nanoelectronics Modeling Tools (NEMO5), Large-scale Machine Learning on Graphs (GraphLab), and Flying Snakes
Special thanks from the team go out to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for their support and to Yash Ukidave (a PhD candidate at Northeastern University). The faculty co-advisors for the team were David Yates (Associate Professor, Bentley), Dave Kaeli (Professor, Northeastern), and Irv Englander (Professor Emeritus, Bentley).